Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, November 4, 2019

CBS Asks Federal Judge To Dismiss Fairfax Defamation Suit

CBS is asking a federal district court to dismiss Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax's defamation suit against the network, saying that Mr. Fairfax's claim that an in-house attorney who knew both Mr. Fairfax and one of the women who accused the Virginia Lt. Governor of sexual assault knew of the woman's "history of mental and emotional instability" and should have known that her statements shouldn't have been relied on. The network's defense is that Mr. Fairfax cannot show actual malice and also that the network's report is fair to both parties. More here from Law.com and the Virginia Mercury.

Here's a story from NPR about the filing of the suit requesting $400 million in damages in September of 2019. More here from the Washington Post. 

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